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2014 Events

We have a great series of events coming up and we keep adding on, so do check regularly! See when our book groups are meeting and what they're reading and meet our many visiting authors - there really is something for everyone. And if you can't make it to the event, just send us an email or give us a call and we can get a book signed for you - no problem!

october
AN UNCERTAIN GRAVE  

Saturday, October 18, 1-3 p.m.
An afternoon with CATHY STRASSER, local New Hampshire author of AN UNCERTAIN GRAVE

An occupational therapist and a new author, Cathy Strasser lives in Sugar Hill, N.H., a place she loves and has used as the setting for her first book.

A stray hiker reports finding a partially decomposed body on Mt Lafayette in the North Country – the top third of northern New Hampshire around and above the Franconia Notch – where the rugged terrain and sparse population provides enough space and isolation to keep any number of secrets. The investigative team of Cliff Codey and Mike Eldrich, New Hampshire State Troopers with the Bureau of Investigation, is sent out into the woods, trying to solve the case in spite of the weather, reticent and eccentric locals, and a bored, nosy New York reporter who overhears the rumor of a body and competes with the troopers to discover the victim’s identity. As the investigation widens, both teams contend with a variety of local residents who have secrets of their own they don’t wish to share and a shadow from Cliff’s past that becomes intertwined with the current investigation. All these threads combine as the killer starts to advance out of hiding and prepares to take action to keep his secret and himself safe.

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HARSH MAGIC  

Saturday, October 25, 1-3 p.m.
An afternoon with RON ROY, local New Hampshire author of HARSH MAGIC and PASSING TIME

Roy grew up in Berlin and has recently returned home after living in Iowa, Vermont and Texas. After a brief stint in the Cascade Mill, he has made his living in the health care industry. He uses both his Berlin history and his medical career to inform his two novels.

Passing Time, published in 2011, is based on the experiences of a young man, Eugene Wheeler, who always wanted to be an engineer, but is working in a paper mill after dropping out of school. He hopes the dead-end job will allow him to be a robot - go through the motions - as he considers his options for the future. From his first day on the job, however, he finds himself caught between two groups of men, each devoted to the job in their own way and determined to include him in their ranks. Gene discovers the job is not the smooth ride he envisioned and soon realizes there are no time outs in life.

In Harsh Magic, published in 2013, a young scrub tech and veteran of 30 years in the OR are thrown together when a young burn patient comes to the OR and a debate rages among staff over her treatment.

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Flight of the Sparrow  

Thursday, October 30, 7 p.m.
The 2014 One Book One Valley culminates its 9th year with a visit from AMY BELDING BROWN, author of Flight of the Sparrow, to the Lutheran Church in North Conway (right across the street from the bookstore.)

Imagine if folks throughout Mount Washington Valley read the same book. Then talked about it. And THEN got to come together to meet the author at a special valley-wide event. One Book One Valley will mark its ninth year in 2014, reading and discussing Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown.

On a bitter winter morning in 1676, the Puritan minister's wife, Mary Rowlandson, is captured by Indians. Her home destroyed and her children lost to her, she becomes a pawn in the bloody struggle between English settlers and the indigenous people. Battling cold, hunger, and exhaustion, she witnesses harrowing brutality but also unexpected kindness. To her own surprise, she is drawn to her captors' straightforward way of life, and when the opportunity comes to be ransomed back to the English, she begins to wonder if she will ever fit into colonial society again.

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November
LEA WAIT, author of Shadows on a Maine Christmas  

Sunday, November 2, 7:00 p.m.
Cold River Radio Show live with LEA WAIT, author of Shadows on a Maine Christmas at Theater in the Woods. Tickets are $25 on sale at White Birch Books.

The Cold River Radio Show is a quintessential old-time radio show featuring exclusively New England based artists, performers, authors and storytellers. We’re selling tickets at the store and we’ll be selling books at the show for Maine author LEA WAIT, who will be talking about her two new books. For adults she has added to her Antique Prints Mystery series with Shadows on a Maine Christmas. For kids, Wait has added to her historical novel series with Uncertain Glory. Get your tickets, come up to the Wood and see this show in person!

In Shadows on a Maine Christmas, Antique print dealer Maggie Summer has come to Maine for a storybook Christmas with her beloved Will Brewer and his Great-Aunt Nettie, who has gathered together her longtime friends for holiday celebrations. Maggie and Will love each other, although Maggie is determined to adopt children and Will has misgivings. But this problem is put on hold when Maggie hears cryptic references by Aunt Nettie s old friends to buried secrets from their youth. One elderly woman suffers from dementia, remembering those past events better than the gifts she just opened. Will she blurt out information about an old crime so dangerous that someone would commit murder to prevent its being revealed? Blackmail and murder are only the beginning. It may be a Merry Christmas but who will still be around to see in a Happy New Year?

In Uncertain Glory, Joe Wood has big dreams. He wants to be a newspaperman, and though he's only thirteen, he's already borrowed money for the equipment to start his own press. But it's April 1861, and the young nation is teetering on the brink of a civil war. He has to help Owen, his young assistant, deal with the challenges of being black in a white world torn apart by color. He needs to talk his best friend, Charlie, out of enlisting. He wants to help a young spiritualist, Nell, whose uncle claims can she speak to the dead. And when Owen disappears, it's up to Joe to save him. Lea Wait skillfully draws on the lives of real people in Maine's history to tell this story of three young adults touched by war and the tensions it brings, forcing them into adulthood before they may be ready.

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